Asset anchoring as a constraint to sea level rise adaptation

Gibbs, Mark T. (2013) Asset anchoring as a constraint to sea level rise adaptation. Ocean & Coastal Management, 85, pp. 119-123.

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Abstract

It can be argued that there is presently a disparity between the theory of coastal climate change adaptation and the large-scale or mass implementation with respect to adaptation to sea level rise. From a theoretical perspective, rising sea levels will effectively move the coastline landward and hence the most seaward parts of the built environment, which often feature the highest physical asset value and intensity and hence economic density, will become inundated more often and therefore perhaps need to be relocated landward under the guidance of planned retreat policies. By contrast, evidence of active large-scale planned retreat policies being developed and implemented is sparse, and often being rejected in favour of coastal protection strategies. It is argued here that this lack of uptake of coastal retreat strategies is partially a result of a phenomena coined here as 'asset anchoring' where major community infrastructure acts to anchor seaside communities in place and inhibit the implementation of coastal retreat strategies. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

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ID Code: 97763
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Shore protection, Built environment, Climate change adaptation, Coastal protection, Coastal retreat, Economic densities, Physical assets, Sea level rise, Sea level, climate change, coastal zone, economic development, environmental policy, marine policy, sea level change
DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2013.09.001
ISSN: 0964-5691
Copyright Owner: 2013 Elsevier
Deposited On: 29 Jul 2016 04:36
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2016 03:52

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